Mr. Adee to Mr. Scruggs.

No. 279.]

Sir: Referring to my ins traction No. 278, of this day’s date, and in particular to that portion in regard to the reported taking of passengers from the Caracas, I inclose herewith for your information copy of a letter from Messrs. Boulton, Bliss & Dallett, of New York, giving some particulars of the occurrence and communicating the formal protest of Capt. Woodrick, of the Caracas.

You will observe the statement that the passengers in question “had left La Guayra with the full knowledge and consent of the recognized Government of Venezuela.”

I am, sir, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.
[Inclosure in No. 279.]

Messrs. Boulton, Bliss & Dallett to Mr. Foster.

Sir: We beg to report the following occurrence:

Our steamship Caracas, which sailed from La Guayra on Tuesday, the 16th, with a number of passengers bound for Puerto Cabello and Curaçao, arrived at Puerto Cabello the following morning.

On the afternoon of that day an official came on board from Gen. Urdaneta, who was in control of the port, to demand the surrender of six of the passengers who were destined to Curaçao.

As they had left La Guayra with the full knowledge and consent of the recognized Government of Venezuela, and were not charged with any crime, Capt. Woodrick declined to surrender them. The official then stated that, if necessary, force would be used, and sent on board of the ship a number of officers provided with revolvers who, in spite of the protest of Capt. Woodrick, took the passengers on shore, where they were detained.

On arrival at Curacao the next morning, Capt. Woodrick cabled the facts of the case to the United States minister at Caracas. Inclosed you will please find a copy of the protest noted by Capt. Woodrick.

As the Caracas is an American vessel, we presume it is our duty to report the occurrence to you for such action, if any, you may deem proper.

We have the honor, etc.,

Boulton, Bliss & Dallett.

Know all men by these presents, that I, Capt. Wm. Woodrick, of steamship Caracas, of Wilmington, Del., United States of America, having sailed from La Guayra on the 16th of August bound for Puerto Cabello and Curaçao with the following passengers: Jacinto Lopez, Dr. P. Febres Cordevo, Francisco M. Casas, Antonio Salinas, M. Lopez, and Manuel Rama, and on the arrival of said steamship Caracas in the port of Puerto Cabello about 4 o’clock p.m., the authorities of Puerto Cabello boarded the said steamship Caracas and arrested the above-mentioned passengers and prevented them from proceeding further on their voyage; they having paid their passage and complied with all the requirements of the laws of Venezuela and regulations of said steamship Caracas.

Therefore I, William Woodrick, captain of this steamship Caracas, on board of same, do hereby most solemnly enter my protest against the arrest and removal of said passengers from this ship.

Wm. Woodrick.
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I, William G. Riley, consul of the United States at Puerto Cabello, do hereby certify that the signature of William Woodrick at the foot of the paper hereunto annexed is his true and genuine signature, made and acknowledged in my presence, and that the said William Woodrick is personally known to me.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the consulate at Puerto Cabello, this day and year next above written, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and seventeenth.

William G. Riley,
United States Consul.